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By Michael Tonello

An insider's hilarious, whirlwind account of his years spent globe-trotting looking for the holy grail of purses: the Birkin For greater than 20 years, the Herm?s Birkin bag has been the enduring image of style, luxurious, and wealth. although the bag is frequently obvious dangling from the hands of celebrities, there's a fabled ready checklist of greater than years to shop for one from Herm?s, and the typical fashionista has a greater likelihood of mountain climbing Mount Everest in Prada pumps than of owning the sort of coveted carryalls. except, in fact, she occurs to grasp Michael Tonello . . . Michael's newfound profession begun with an impulsive stream to Barcelona, a vanished activity project, no paintings visa, and an Herm?s shawl offered on eBay to generate a few fast money. yet quickly the creative Michael came across the reality in regards to the ready checklist and found out the key to getting Herm?s to half with this kind of necessary baggage. hundreds of thousands of bucks worthy of Birkins later, Michael had turn into one among eBay's so much profitable entrepreneurs—and a Robin Hood to millions of determined wealthy girls. With down-to-earth wit, Michael chronicles the weird ventures that took him to just about each continent, from eBay to Paris public sale residence and into the lives of celebrities and poseurs. Flirting with risk, Michael recounts the heady rush of hand offering his first substantial ranking to famed songwriter Carole Bayer Sager in Paris; how he needed to rent thugs to rescue a bag that one among his "shoppers" held for ransom; and the tale of the Oscar-worthy performances that allowed him to snag "reserved" luggage from different, much less dogged Birkin seekers. even if he is referring to his wining and eating, trading, dodging and weaving, guffawing and crying, or schmoozing and stammering, Michael is a grasp raconteur who weaves jointly stories of looking Birkins within the world's so much posh locales, stories of foodstuff that may make any gastronome salivate, anecdotes of obsessed creditors with insatiable wants, and sweetly intimate tales approximately his relatives, pals, and discovering real love. the result's a memoir that's targeted, enjoyable, page-turning, and as addictive as its namesake.

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Not that I had been mired in a nine-to-five at any point, but still, this was over the top, freedomwise, even for me. I could work a lot or a little; I could work at noon or midnight. Some days I made no money, other days my bank account swelled by thousands. And I realized that as soon as I got a laptop, I could even choose where I worked. I envisioned sitting on the beach later that summer, margarita at my side, watching my auctions over the tops of my Trussardi sunglasses. As much fun as Labor Day in Ptown had been, this time I’d actually be getting paid to bask in the sun.

Quite simply, franchised stores did not earn Hermès the same kind of revenue as corporate-owned locations. One day, about a year after I had first started raiding Andorra’s bounty, the other (horse)shoe dropped. I had barely gotten out of my car (parked as usual in the loading zone right in front) when a visibly distraught Carmen came out the front door of the store. She immediately launched into a lengthy tale of woe. “Michael, it’s horrible, you won’t believe it, Hermès is forcing me to close down.

After all, I really didn’t have a business plan or a mission statement. My 401(k) prospects weren’t that hot either. But what everyone seemed to overlook was that I spent my days in my pajamas and still got a paycheck. Now to me, that trumped any Fortune 500 benefits package. I hit some serious pay dirt when I listed a pristine copy of Bruce Weber’s O Rio de Janeiro. It went into a major bidding war, eventually selling for about $500, and prompted a number of e-mails begging me for more Weber books.

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